How much dose it cost to get my record sealed? 54 Answers as of July 08, 2013

How much dose it cost to get my record sealed?

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Michael Breczinski
Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
The only way to get a record sealed is if the crime is expunged or it is dismissed under certain statutes. The drug diversion statute, the Youthful trainee Statute, etc.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/24/2012
Edward  D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law
Edward D. Dowling IV Attorney at Law | Edward D. Dowling IV
Impossible to answer as i would need all the details and each attorney sets their own legal fees.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 7/8/2013
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC
Cornish, Crowley, Rockafellow, & Sartz, PLLC | Jacob Peter Sartz IV
My first advice would be to obtain an attorney to assist you with this matter. You may be eligible to expunge that prior conviction. Expunging a crime in Michigan is complicated. This response does not contain specific legal advice. If you need specific legal advice for your own circumstances, I recommend consulting with an attorney experienced with these types of matters. Most attorneys provide free initial consultations. Speaking in general terms, there are several significant obstacles to getting offenses expunged in Michigan. Expunging a criminal charge is great way of clearing up past mistakes. However, there are a series of obstacles. First, a person may expunge only one prior conviction and they can only have "no more than 2 minor offenses in addition to the offense for which the person files an application." MCL 780.621(1). Second, certain offenses cannot be expunged. Traffic offenses for example, even something as simple as driving on a suspended license, a lot of high level or capital felonies, and other offenses as listed in the applicable statutes, cannot be expunged. It depends on which offense is currently on the person's record. Additionally, even if a person only had one offense, if they had issues with probation, i.e., probation violations or other infractions while serving their sentence, that may be obstacle as well. There is also a time limitation. Any effort to expunge an offense cannot commence until five years after the date of conviction. Lastly, expunging an offense from a criminal record takes time, requires a lot of paperwork, carries some notable costs, and eventually, applicants need to appear before a judge and convince the judge that they are worthy of having the offense expunged in order to complete the process. Please consult with and retain a criminal defense attorney, preferably an experienced one who has handled these matters, to assist you with the process. Most attorneys offer a free initial consultation.
Answer Applies to: Michigan
Replied: 1/19/2012
Harrison & Harrison
Harrison & Harrison | Samuel Harrison
Depending on what your charge was, you probably will not be able to get it sealed.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 1/14/2012
Robert Valles and Associates P.C.
Robert Valles and Associates P.C. | Robert Valles Jr.
It should not be much, it all depends on the county you live in. Should be a couple hundred dollars.
Answer Applies to: Texas
Replied: 1/13/2012
    Russman Law
    Russman Law | Ryan Russman
    The cost to have a record sealed is contingent what is being sealed and in what court.
    Answer Applies to: New Hampshire
    Replied: 1/13/2012
    The Law Offices of Stephen L. Richards | Stephen L. Richards
    I charge $750, plus the filing fee.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/13/2012
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law
    Charles M. Schiff, Attorney at Law | Charles M. Schiff
    Every situation is different. I could not comment on your chances of success without knowing the facts. In addition, while court filing fees will remain the same, each attorney will decide for himself what he will charge for the effort.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law office of Robert D. Scott | Robert Scott
    It depends on the lawyer that you hire. You may want check with Court Clerks Office to determine if your record is eligible to be sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine
    Law Firm of Martin & Wallentine | Jerry Lee Wallentine Jr.
    Perhaps you are loking for your conviction to be expunged? An expungement is when your conviction is removed from your record, including the computer databases. The attorney fees depend on the charge and where the court is.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    If you had a probation officer they generally do it without charging you anything except you will have to pay the filing fee. BUT there is no such thing as record sealing in CA unless you were a minor. You can get it expunged under Penal Code 1203.4 and it is simple to do. The Clerks generally have forms. But it doesn't accomplish anything. If someone looks at your rap sheet it still carries the conviction - just that under that notation there will be another which says (date) record expunged pursuant to P. C. 1203.4 In other words, essentially worthless.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law Office of Christopher G Humphrey PC | Christopher G Humphrey
    Depends on the state you are in, the crime you committed, the age you were at the time and the lawyer you hire to do it.
    Answer Applies to: Wyoming
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson
    Law Office of Kathryn L. Hudson | Kathryn L. Hudson
    The process of having your record expunged depends on many factors, quoting legal fees without knowing all of the details is not a good practice. You should speak to at least a couple of attorneys that have experience in having criminal records expunged that can give you an idea of how long it might take and how much research etc. would be involved in your particular case.
    Answer Applies to: Arkansas
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones
    The Law Office of B. Elaine Jones | B. Elaine Jones
    My charge for such a case is $1,000 plus you would have to pay for a criminal background check which is around $75. You must first qualify to seal your record. The charges you have must have been resolved with a withhold of adjudication.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law Office of James E. Smith
    Law Office of James E. Smith | James Smith
    Usually about $1,000 including the filing fee.
    Answer Applies to: Nevada
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq.
    Kelly A. Broadbent, Esq. | Kelly Broadbent
    The court and board of probation does not charge a filing fee for dealing. It would depend on what the attorney charge to render the service.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
    Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
    Sealing a record depends on what you mean by seal, if you were under eighteen, and what the conviction was for. The cost for an attorney to.do this varies greatly. You need to shop around and find someone you can work with.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Andersen Law PLLC
    Andersen Law PLLC | Craig Andersen
    That would depend on a number of issues. One can only have a juvenile record "sealed." Most adult convictions can be vacated and dismissed. Some kinds of felony crimes cannot be vacated. These include serious violent felonies such as murder and assault 1 or 2. Sex offenses cannot be vacated whether felony or misdemeanor. Neither can Kidnapping. No alcohol-related conviction such as DUII or vehicular homicide or assault can be vacated. But assuming you don't have any of those convictions, getting your criminal history cleaned up shouldn't be a problem. There is a mandatory $220 filing fee. Attorneys fees would vary depending on the length of your record and the complexity of the case.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/12/2012
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C.
    Reeves Law Firm, P.C. | Roy L. Reeves
    It depends on several factors, not the least of which is whether or not you are eligible. The second factor is whether we are talking about sealing a juvenile record, or seeking an order of non-disclosure on a deferred adjudication as an adult. The third factor is the court cost - they vary a little but not by much, most counties charge the statutory maximum fee, and the number of parties that need to be served. You can serve the State Police and rely upon them to notice www.publicdata.com and companies like that which they previously sold or released the information to, or you can take the initiative and serve copies of the order on www.publicdata.com. Service is generally $15-$25 per party served (again, this is a fee charged by the court) and all of these court cost are prior to attorney's fees. (Juvenile fees are a lot less.) Attorney's fees can run as little as $1,000 (generally a lawyer who either does a lot of these and has a system, or a lawyer who has no idea and is learning on your case - feast or famine as they say) to $2500+. I heard of one lawyer in my community charging $3000 but he is the exception, not sure why or how he gets it, or if he ever gets a client at that rate. Average around here is $1500 plus cost (filing fees discussed above). I know several lawyers who charge that rate, though at least two who charge extra to go to Denton County - I have not done one there, so I suspect there is justification if two of them are doing it. If this is sealing a juvenile record, again, that should run $750-$1500 since it is a statutorily more simple process. Finally, this all presumes you are eligible now and do not need a Dismissal Order. You can plan on paying for the preparation and submission of the Dismissal Order (should have submitted one upon completion of the deferred adjudication, but if not, it can be done commensurate with the Motion for Order of Non-Disclosure) it will run $100-$150. Accordingly, Plan $1500-$3000 for the adult non-disclosure and half that amount for a Juvenile record. If you pay the higher amount, there needs to be some justification (i.e. getting a board certified criminal defense lawyer, you have a lot on the line and want to go the extra mile and serve the public data companies, etc.) and if you pay the lesser amount, make sure it is because you found the lawyer who has turned this act into an assembly line process not the fresh off the farm, never done one before attorney who is ready to learn at your expense - at least if you do, know what you are doing.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin
    Law Office of Daniel K Martin | Daniel K Martin
    If you are referring to having your juvenile adjudications sealed then it does not cost anything unless you hire a lawyer to help you.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser
    Law Office of Phillip Weiser | Phillip L. Weiser
    Expungement fees are calculated based upon whether the conviction that needs expunged is a felony or misdemeanor and where it occurred. An expungement must be filed in the same court where the conviction occurred. Filing costs/court costs vary depending upon the court and search/copy costs vary as well.
    Answer Applies to: Kansas
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    H. Scott Basham, Attorney at Law, P.C. | H. Scott Basham
    I don't know offhand what the costs are, but only in certain circumstances can a non-juvenile record be sealed or expunged. A good place to start would be the prosecuting attorney's office and the sheriff's office for the county where the conviction(s) occurred.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law | Mark Thiessen
    We do them for $2000.00 across the State. But first, make sure you are eligible.
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer
    Cynthia Henley, Lawyer | Cynthia Henley
    If you are talking about nondisclosure, then there is a filing fee and whatever the attorney charges - which generally is not very expensive because the action does not take a great amount of time. You should cal 2 or 3 lawyers in your area and discuss costs (attorney fees and filing fees) over the phone. (Many lawyers won't quote fees over the phone for a variety of reasons but they should in this type of situation.)
    Answer Applies to: Texas
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Offices of John Carney
    Law Offices of John Carney | John Carney
    A violation or ACD can be sealed at the time the case is in front of the judge if the prosecutor does not object and your lawyer makes a motion or request to seal the file. Then the lawyer should check with the clerk after a few days to see that it was actually done as they forget to do so on occasion. A misdemeanor or felony will be a criminal conviction forever and cannot be sealed, erased, or expunged in New York State. Your lawyer can make a 440.10 motion to vacate the conviction if there was something illegal or improper or new evidence of innocence. This is a rare and expensive motion that is only granted if you have the proper grounds. Even if it is granted, the original charge will still be in place and then you can try to get a better disposition. This is why you should not commit crimes, but if you do it is important to retain a good criminal lawyer to get the case reduced, dismissed, or who can win the trial if you are innocent. New York State wants schools, organizations, the military, the government, the police, and especially employers to know who they are dealing with since criminals are likely to commit future crimes and they will be liable for millions of dollars if they hire you and you do something to cause them to be sued. If they know you are violent, a drug user, a thief, or have a DWI and hire you anyway they are on notice and the jury will take that into account and it could cost the corporation, company, school, or organization a lot of money and bad publicity.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Vargas Law Office LLC | Ronnie Ismael Vargas
    Your guess is as good as mine. Its not a question of cost but a reason for sealing your record.
    Answer Applies to: Wisconsin
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S.
    Freeborn Law Offices, P.S. | Steve Freeborn
    You cannot get a record sealed simply because you want to. There has to be a legitimate basis before a judge will order a court file sealed. If you believe that your court file should be sealed,
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    DeVito & Visconti, PA
    DeVito & Visconti, PA | John E DeVito
    The cost to seal a criminal record depends on whether the case can be administratively sealed through the Commissioner of Probation or if the matter must be brought to court via motion. A misdemeanor case can be sealed through the Commissioner's office 10 years from the closing of the case.(Will change to 5 years in May 2012); a felony can be sealed through the Commissioner's office 15 years from the closing of the case ( 10 years after May 2012). All other sealing require a two step motion hearing before the Court in question. Administrative sealing is not expensive; motion proceedings can be costly. There is much more involved; consult a qualified attorney before proceeding.
    Answer Applies to: Massachusetts
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Carter Boyle LLC | Michael Carter
    There is about a $230 filing fee, this does not include any attorney cost or attorney fees.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    You can't. Perhaps you are thinking about an "expungement" instead. Contact a criminal defense attorney, who can file the petition for you and conduct the expungement hearing.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    Timothy J. Thill P.C. | Timothy J. Thill
    Costs are assessed by each individual county. You need to go to the clerk of the court's office in the county where your case was handled and ask them what the costs are. They should also be able to tell you if you can seal the conviction, as some convictions cannot be sealed.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Palumbo and Kosofsky
    Palumbo and Kosofsky | Michael Palumbo
    That depends on how much work needs to be done.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 7/2/2013
    Law Office of Richard Southard
    Law Office of Richard Southard | Richard C Southard
    What record are you seeking to seal? New York does not expunge criminal records except in rare drug diversion cases. Sealing does occur in certain non-criminal convictions and juvenile cases but they seal automatically and do not require a fee.
    Answer Applies to: New York
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Offices of Kate Mesic, PA
    Law Offices of Kate Mesic, PA | Kate L. Mesic
    The initial cost to FDLE is $75.00. After the sealing is granted, there are additional fees from the clerk in the amount of about $100.00, depending on how many agencies were involved. This does not include the attorney's fees. Our office normally charges between $500-$750 depending on the complexity of the case.
    Answer Applies to: Florida
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Attorney & Counselor at Law
    Attorney & Counselor at Law | John Hugger
    There is presently a $229 filing fee and numerous certified/registered mailings if you are permitted under the statute(s) to seal.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani
    Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani | Steven Pisani
    The courts will charge a filing fee of $224 on sealing of records. Attorney fees are typically based on an hourly basis or flat rates. You would have to call various attorneys to get a range of rates.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C.
    Brucar & Yetter, P.C. | Wayne Brucar
    It depends on how many charges you have and the nature of the charges. Some may be sealable, some may be expugnable and some you may need a pardon from the governor to get off your record.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Lawrence Lewis
    Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
    This is a curious question. If you have a felony or misdemeanor conviction, I am unaware of how you can get your record sealed. If you have arrests without convictions, you need to try and get your record expunged, not sealed. If you have a juvenile history it should be sealed automatically.
    Answer Applies to: Georgia
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly | Brendan M. Kelly
    The cost involved will depend on the lawyer who you hire. You need to know that you cannot get a record sealed if you were convicted and not a juvenile.
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Beaulier Law Office
    Beaulier Law Office | Maury Beaulier
    It appears that you are referring to an expungement. An expungement is rare and allowable only under very narrow circumstances. As a result, you must consult with a lawyer regarding the particular details of your case.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law
    Michael Maltby, Attorney at Law | Michael Maltby
    It takes pretty compelling facts to seal records. You can, however get records of convictions vacated. That is prevent disclosure and use of conviction records. It depends on the type of conviction and whether crime free time in the community requirements are met. Expect to pay at least around $1,000 at a minimum.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Ellman and Ellman PC
    Ellman and Ellman PC | Kevin Ellmann
    That depends. The filing fees and postage expenses (if you handle it yourself) are $250-$300. If you hire an attorney, the expense increases depending upon the rates of the attorney. If you consult an attorney, make sure they have experience handling these matters, can confirm you are eligible, and will handle getting the Order sent to the requisite agencies after the Petition is granted.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Myles A. Schneider & Associates
    Myles A. Schneider & Associates | Myles Albert Schneider
    Getting a record sealed depends of the convictions and how long it has been since the disposition date of each conviction and in how many jurisdictions are involved. In order to give an accurate response; it would be necessary to review the criminal history.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Orent Law Offices, PLC
    Orent Law Offices, PLC | Craig Orent
    Most attorney's are not going to discuss specific fees in a public forum. Feel free to contact me directly to learn more details. Also, in Arizona you can't "seal" a criminal record. You can get it "set aside" which is similar but does not have the full effect of an expungement as in other states.
    Answer Applies to: Arizona
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Joe Dane
    Law Office of Joe Dane | Joe Dane
    It depends on what you're trying to do. Only juvenile records can be "sealed." You can file for what's commonly called an expungement (actually a dismissal under Penal Code 1203.4) to try to clear some things up. I'd suggest sitting down with a local criminal defense attorney for a consultation (most offer free ones) to discuss what your options are and what the fees would be.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Attorney at Law
    Attorney at Law | Michael J. Kennedy
    Depends on what you mean and what you have. It is rare to be able to "seal" a criminal record in California.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    That depends entirely on the contractual arragement with the attorney you retain. I doubt seriously any competent attorney would enter into that discussion here, especially as such is confidential.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 7/8/2013
    Robert Mortland
    Robert Mortland | Law Office of Robert Mortland
    Depends on the county. The fees can be as much as $250 plus the cost of an attorney. However, this varies county by county and it matters whether the charges are felony, misdemeanor, or infractions.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Connell-Savela
    Connell-Savela | Jason Savela
    There is a filing fee and you have to send some mail certified. There are forms etc at http://www.courts.state.co.us/ The reason to seal is, so the record is not obtainable by the public. To be as sure of this as you can be, hire an attorney to do it.
    Answer Applies to: Colorado
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Betts Legal Services
    Betts Legal Services | Shawn M. Betts
    If you represent yourself, there is a $320 filing fee required by the court, unless you qualify financially under Informa Pauperis to have the fee waived, or if the matter was dismissed or decided in your favor without a guilty plea, then filing fee is waived. Should you retain an attorney, most attorneys charge anywhere from $1000-$2500 for representation.
    Answer Applies to: Minnesota
    Replied: 1/11/2012
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C.
    Law Office of Michael Morgan, l.L.C. | Michael Morgan
    It depends on the type of recordbut in my experience anywhere form $500 to $2500 is the going rate for a lawyer.
    Answer Applies to: Washington
    Replied: 1/11/2012
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